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Miss Pipi's Blue Tale

[This text was written for the Camden Arts Centre's Exhibition: 'We at Camden Arts Centre are Exceedingly Proud to Present an Exhibition of Capable Artworks by the Notable Hand of the Celebrated American, Kara Elizabeth Walker, Negress.' up from

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courbet portait picture

'The Maestro is a world-famous man of letters, renowned for his soaring talent and iron discipline. But one afternoon, a lapse in self-control causes him to lose the precious object that lies behind his genius...'

I have

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ryan trecartin looking crazy excited photo

On August 31st I interviewed the artist Ryan Trecartin in New York city. Katie Kitamura participated virtually in this interview. Hence the composite K/K identity. Trecartin's video work is some of the most important and exciting art being made in the US today. Below is a 1500 word edit of a

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Ai Weiwei Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn

 As I write, the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has been in detention for 51 days and 6 hours. I know this so precisely because someone who goes by the handle loveaiww has placed a counter on the web. On the door of my apartment is a poster with a silhouette of Ai, made from a photograph taken during

Protest outside the Consulate of the PRC in Manhattan.

 Ai Weiwei has not been seen since April 3rd. Here are a few images from today's shambolic but well-attended protest outside the Consulate of the PRC in Manhattan. 

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Poster of Abramovic - Her face, mouth covered, 'witch' scribbled on her forehead

 I wrote about #foursquare, religious ecstasy, court masque, crying, money and the cult of Marina Abramovic for Mute magazine.

A person in a field

Judging by Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009 (Barbican, now until 18th October 2009), Nature (with a capital N) is in crisis. It’s not just the familiar ecological message of the show – that the planet is fragile and we’re not helping matters – but something

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